Samstag, 5. April 2014

Song des Tages: The Hourglass




(Savatage: "The Hourglass", aus dem Album "The Wake of Magellan", 1997)

Standing alone by the edge of a river
He's traded his life for a glass full of tears
The bargain was quick for one's life is less dearer
When the sand's running out and the ending is near

The ending is near
The ending is ...

The man climbed aboard and set sail for the ocean
He put on the mast all the canvas she'd take
Then laid himself down on the deck 'neath the tiller
The ship was his coffin, this moment his wake

Runaway reasons, runaway seasons
Time is a treason that I give back to you now

The wind touched the sail and the ship moved the ocean
The wind from the storm set the course she would take
From a journey to nowhere towards a soul on the ocean
From the wake of Magellan to Magellan's wake

Runaway reasons, runaway seasons
Everything in it, hours and minutes ...
You take tomorrow, because it means nothing to me ...

In the dark he heard a whisper, asking him to understand
In the desert look for water, on the ocean look for land

And there in the waves was a man in his grave
That he saw in the night 'tween the flashes of light ... and he ...

Could not be there, and all he had prayed
Or had given away, he now found to be wrong
In the grip of the storm and he could not be there

Could you keep our lives together, safely back onto the shore
Could you grant this last illusion, only this and nothing more
Could you keep our lives together, safely back onto the shore
Could you grant this last illusion, only this and nothing more.

And all at once the heavens bled their fire
The anchor broke the chains they flew away
And suddenly the waves were reaching higher
And in the dark I thought I heard them say:

Could you keep our lives together
Safely back onto the shore
Could you grant this last illusion
Only this and nothing more

(But what the sailor did not know
And would never learn
Was on that beach now far away
The young child had returned

And finding the broken hourglass
He reset it upright
Then placed sand from the beach inside
And placed the lid on tight

Then examining his handiwork
He left it in the sand
And then he quickly ran back home
Thinking God would understand

Everything I ever had for one more tomorrow
Everything I ever had for just one more night
And if this is not to be I pray could I borrow
Just another final hour onto my life

Did you ever really want to
Did you ever really want to
Lord, tell me how it will be
Lord, tell me how it will be ...)


Standing once more by a boat on a river
He pushes it off while he stays on the land
And seeing the hourglass now so much clearer
Which someone had refilled by hand ...

And somewhere that boat's now adrift on the ocean ...
The mast at full sail but there's no-one on board
The hourglass no longer sits by the ocean
Only his footprints all alone on the shore.

And soon they're no more.
No more.



Anmerkung: Ich sag' dazu nichts ... großartige, feinfühlige und epische Rockmusik spricht für sich selbst.

Kommentare:

Manou hat gesagt…

Stimmt - spricht für sich: Spontan fällt mir da http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQBttKoetqo ein.

Charlie hat gesagt…

@ Manou: Wie Du in diesem Zusammenhang ausgerechnet auf Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" kommst, erschließt sich mir zwar nicht auf die Schnelle ... aber ich lerne doch mal wieder, dass jeder Mensch seine ganz eigenen Assoziationen hat, wenn es um Musik geht. ;-)

Ich erlebe das ja ständig ... vielleicht ist die Musik ja auch gerade deshalb ein so elementarer Bestandteil meines Lebens.

Wobei ich nichts gegen Ozzy und Black Sabbath gesagt haben möchte - die Jungs haben populäre Musikgeschichte jenseits des kommerziellen Mainstream geschrieben und mit Sicherheit auch Savatage zu ihrem großem Erfolg mitverholfen.

Liebe Grüße!

Manou hat gesagt…

@ Charlie: Song des Tages / Musik die für sich spricht; dazu fiel mir eben »Paranoid« ein. So unpassend wie du finde ich die Texte übrigens nicht - mag aber daran liegen, dass ich längst nicht so gelehrt bin wie du :P